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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $748 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2014.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2014 Income 2013 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2014
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,379 $860,394,000 $49,320 $79,180,100
Atchison County 5,382 $253,928,000 $46,601 $53,799,095
Buchanan County 89,486 $3,249,916,000 $36,259 $1,420,927,749
Caldwell County 9,034 $359,815,000 $39,553 $36,723,285
Clinton County 20,299 $803,322,000 $39,051 $96,541,689
Daviess County 8,297 $279,010,000 $33,640 $55,754,696
Dekalb County 12,692 $340,617,000 $26,528 $128,871,499
Gentry County 6,826 $264,755,000 $39,078 $50,252,828
Grundy County 10,197 $351,036,000 $33,900 $90,745,147
Harrison County 8,639 $313,056,000 $35,815 $116,797,935
Holt County 4,516 $223,158,000 $48,852 $34,247,800
Linn County 12,311 $434,949,000 $35,167 $126,156,430
Livingston County 15,053 $543,533,000 $36,550 $212,796,149
Mercer County 3,719 $116,027,000 $31,401 $31,436,672
Nodaway County 23,081 $713,498,000 $30,674 $230,962,681
Putnam County 4,829 $158,232,000 $32,458 $38,174,972
Sullivan County 6,411 $231,438,000 $35,893 $44,419,037
Worth County 2,073 $75,390,000 $36,072 $12,579,496
Northwest Region Summary 260,224 $9,572,074,000 $36,622 $2,860,367,260



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics July 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,968 9,452 516 5.2%
Atchison County 3,011 2,833 178 5.9%
Buchanan County 46,304 43,726 2,578 5.6%
Caldwell County 4,599 4,367 232 5%
Clinton County 11,367 10,718 649 5.7%
Daviess County 4,002 3,806 196 4.9%
Dekalb County 5,103 4,819 284 5.6%
Gentry County 3,735 3,543 192 5.1%
Grundy County 4,854 4,595 259 5.3%
Harrison County 4,034 3,817 217 5.4%
Holt County 2,738 2,601 137 5%
Linn County 5,245 4,769 476 9.1%
Livingston County 7,379 7,027 352 4.8%
Mercer County 1,873 1,780 93 5%
Nodaway County 10,619 9,909 710 6.7%
Putnam County 2,559 2,437 122 4.8%
Sullivan County 2,774 2,590 184 6.6%
Worth County 1,267 1,218 49 3.9%
Northwest Region Summary 131,431 124,007 7,424 5.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 235 15,363 $206,011,419 $1,032 0.1%
44 - Retail Trade 787 12,155 $71,299,171 $451 0.8%
56 - Administrative and waste services 252 3,784 $24,310,082 $494 3.9%
42 - Wholesale trade 350 3,404 $41,425,190 $936 5%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 247 2,573 $24,106,563 $721 1%
54 - Professional and technical services 339 2,095 $29,983,334 $1,101 2.1%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 73 765 $3,577,145 $360 6.8%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 45 593 $10,824,597 $1,404 4.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
311 - Food manufacturing 39 5,929 $69,016,438 $895 2.5%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 225 3,597 $22,627,333 $484 3.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 43 2,586 $36,207,169 $1,077 1.1%
624 - Social Assistance 781 2,331 $9,120,275 $301 2.2%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 339 2,095 $29,983,334 $1,101 2.1%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 65 2,004 $9,168,274 $352 0.7%
325 - Chemical manufacturing 15 1,808 $38,782,989 $1,650 4%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 156 1,764 $19,975,546 $871 12.9%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 21 1,549 $20,038,919 $995 1.4%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 109 1,394 $10,590,484 $585 3.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2013
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 210 $100.25 $90.12 $63.51 $118.63 $208,529 $187,454 $132,091 $246,748
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $90.48 $90.16 $28.46 $121.49 $188,207 $187,530 $59,205 $252,708
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other NA $85.56 $83.77 $39.58 $108.56 $177,973 $174,244 $82,328 $225,796
291041 - Optometrists 40 $81.77 $70.09 $44.88 $100.21 $170,081 $145,791 $93,356 $208,443
291051 - Pharmacists 220 $57.12 $59.6 $45.2 $63.08 $118,809 $123,973 $94,014 $131,207
111011 - Chief Executives 210 $54.53 $46.12 $27 $68.3 $113,429 $95,926 $56,151 $142,068
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 40 $52.61 $56.81 $40.67 $58.58 $109,427 $118,156 $84,602 $121,840
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $51.74 $48.33 $37.98 $58.62 $107,615 $100,523 $78,995 $121,924
291123 - Physical Therapists 150 $46.37 $46.98 $34.49 $52.32 $96,457 $97,712 $71,731 $108,820
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 60 $44.86 $44.23 $37.55 $48.51 $93,300 $91,991 $78,094 $100,903

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.